Mauston Pet Hospital Offers Ear Care for Pets
Animals’ ears are subject to a number of problems that can lead to hearing loss, ear pain, and unpleasant odors. Good ear care can prevent many of these problems, but when these problems occur, your pet will need experienced vet care to treat the underlying issue. At Mauston Pet Hospital in Mauston, WI, we can treat common pet ear problems.
Common Ear Problems
Pets may develop ear infections due to allergies, injuries to the ears, or foreign bodies in the ears. In some cases, polyps may grow inside the ear canal, providing an advantageous environment for bacterial or fungal infection. Even abnormal hair growth in the ear can lead to a problem. Ear mites are tiny parasites that are common in pets. These mites can easily be transmitted from one animal to another.
Symptoms of an Ear Problem
Pet owners can begin to suspect a problem when their dogs or cats scratch at their ears frequently. You may be able to see redness or a discharge in your pets’ ears. The ears may be swollen or very sensitive to the touch. The animal may also shake its head or rub the affected ear against the carpeting or furniture. You may notice an unpleasant odor coming from the ears, even after your pet has had a bath. Your vet can provide appropriate medications to eliminate the infection.
Providing Good Ear Care for Your Pet
Cleaning your pet’s ears is part of good grooming practices. However, overcleaning your pet's ears can cause irritation that creates an environment for infection. Cleaning the ears as part of the periodic bath or grooming session is generally sufficient for most pets. Use a vet-approved ear cleaning solution and a cotton ball or piece of cotton gauze. The use of hydrogen peroxide or alcohol can cause irritation. Gently clean the outer ear. Never stick cotton swabs into the animal’s ear canal. If you notice any redness, discharge, or sensitivity in your pets’ ears, make an appointment with the vet to have the problem evaluated.
Make Mauston Pet Hospital Your Veterinarian Near Wisconsin Dells
Our veterinarians and staff at Mauston Pet Hospital make quality veterinary care our first consideration for all patients in Mauston, WI, and the surrounding communities. We offer many pet services, including vaccinations, dental care, dermatology, surgery, orthopedic care, and emergency care. Call Mauston Pet Hospital today at (608) 847-6024 for an appointment to have your pet examined and to learn about effective treatments for pet ear problems.